Neko Case
Fox Confessor Brings The Flood


4.0
excellent

Review

by radianteclipse USER (26 Reviews)
August 12th, 2006 | 14 replies | 6,180 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Neko Case, known primarily for her work in the New Pornographers, is also a very established solo artist who has released a few critically acclaimed albums in the alt-country department. As established as she may be, she's still managed to stay relatively under the radar to the mainstream music scene and while she has quite a large following, has yet to burst into super stardom. That being said, her latest release "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood" may have what it takes to take her to that next level. It could very well be her most well put together and unique set of songs to date, and may be her most accomplished work.

And just what makes Ms. Case such a unique artist? It's not exactly easy to pinpoint, but she has that something that many female solo artists do not. She has that unique, splendid voice that catches the listeners ear. She has that charisma, the humor, the eccentric-ness. She has passion, she has it all. Sometimes she sounds classic, like a voice straight from country music long ago. She's quite a wonderful talent, and this is where all of her hard work and impeccable writing skills have finally come together to their fullest potential. This album is her career defining moment.

There's a lot to like here, as the album starts with a beautiful track "Margaret vs. Pauline." Gently strummed chords and then Case's swooning vocals come in, echoing gently over top the music. Sung so smoothly, calmly. Swift and angelic. Yet not over the top. She doesn't show off, she just carries her voice throughout the song in a mellow, restrained fashion. Later some tinkling piano and other various instruments come in and top off a short but sweet introduction to a most magnicent album.

This spaced out, mellow and western feel carries itself throughout the album. There are some genuine country hits here that would put Patsy Cline to shame. "Star Witness" is a perfect example of this. This song sounds like a classic right from the start. And that's what Case does best, right great songs, some of which that hint towards sheer greatness. "Hold On, Hold On" is another song that shows off her abilities and I could see this song being a smash radio hit, if only people would grasp onto it and give it a shot.

While a lot of the album is alt-country at it's finest, it does not stick to this formula by any means. Just take a listen to "John Saw That Number", a surprising gospel-influenced song. She pulls it off though, no worries about that. It's actually one of the more interesting tracks on the album. And if you want to hear Ms. Case reach her pinnacle emotional vocal high, listen to the buildup to "Maybe Sparrow". A most beautiful moment and definately one of the my favorite parts.

These are just a few of the more standout tracks on the album, but as a whole this album flows very nicely. If you're looking for something trance inducing, beautiful, and catchy all at the same time, look no further than this beautiful peice of work right here. It's a modern mastpiece influenced by country and folk of old. It's a hybrid of all her musical influences, relevant in all her songs and integrated together without sounding forceful or redundant. It's genuine and truthful, and one of the better albums of the last few years. Take a listen, I am sure you will not be dissappointed. The only weakness is it comes up a tad bit short in the length department. A small downfall to an otherwise great listen.



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AnyColour74
December 8th 2006



1054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like this album

LusciousPerry
January 26th 2007



3 Comments


I just found this, and it is definitely different from what i normally listen to, but it is very enjoyable.

Kudos to Neko! I am glad I found you.

timbo8
November 20th 2007



618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's taken me too long to get this whole album, it's excellent.

natey
February 14th 2009



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not really digging this.

Psychotruck
February 14th 2009



99 Comments


*eccentricity

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2010



17197 Comments


bitch needs more love on sputnik.

klap
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2010



10258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes, star witness is so fucking good

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StreetlightRock
Emeritus
May 13th 2010



3761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whole album is boss.

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ExcentrifugalForz
September 1st 2012



1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

At least through 2012 this is easily Neko's most well rounded album.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 25th 2012



10585 Comments


surprisingly solid.

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porch
December 14th 2012



8451 Comments


first track is gorgeous

Gyromania
September 11th 2013



15199 Comments


favourite case

Gyromania
September 11th 2013



15199 Comments


why do all the best albums have the least amount of discussion

theacademy
September 14th 2013



28239 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol gyro i feel ur pain... look at how many of these lists r mine

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